Solving the International Jobs Dilemma

December 10, 2012

Distinctive Career Fair Connects MBAs with Global Employers

MBA students have the opportunity to attend many different types of career fairs, though none is like the one held at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business on December 7.

Georgetown McDonough and ESADE Business School hosted their second annual Global Career Conference and Expo, the only in-person career fair that connects employers to MBA candidates from top schools who are U.S. students seeking global opportunities or international students seeking U.S. employment. It also was sponsored by Universum and the International Finance Corporation.

“We believe our success lies in the exclusivity of this event,” said Doreen Amorosa, associate dean and managing director of the Georgetown McDonough MBA Career Center. “Bringing together the best global talent from top business schools is attractive to employers who cannot get this much exposure anywhere else. And, it provides students access to employers specifically seeking global talent.”

At least two students experienced immediate success at the event, with at least one internship offer and one job offer being extended on the spot.

“It is wonderful to see our Career Conference and Expo have an impact on the careers of these students, and we look forward to seeing how many additional offers are extended as the employers who were on campus move through their hiring processes,” Amorosa said.

A total of 261 students from 18 business schools registered for the event, where they met with 27 employers.

Creating Opportunities

Georgetown McDonough and ESADE created this conference last year in response to international student requests for greater visibility in the job and internship search process. While other schools hold virtual events, it was important to the two schools to create a live event to foster the connections between students and employers. In addition to the expo, many organizations conducted on-site interviews and information sessions.

“I thought our international students had a great idea to create this event, and I wanted to take it a step further by opening it up to other elite programs to make it more appealing to employers,” Amorosa said. “By connecting employers to top talent from top schools, it becomes a better return on their recruiting investment.”

Amorosa also wanted to tap into employers who build their global hiring plans each year.

“This career conference is unique in that it enables them to source top MBA talent on a cross-border basis,” she said.

Finding the Right Fit

Employers such as L’Oréal found that the caliber of the participants matched their talent sourcing needs.

Heidi Wenzler, assistant vice president of talent recruitment for L’Oréal, said that she often finds it difficult to find job candidates who combine business acumen with creativity, but that she was pleased with the quality of the candidates she had met at the event.

“This seems to be a compilation of people who have more facets to their professional background than traditional business students,” she said.

Rusmir Musić, a strategy officer for the Climate Business Department of the International Finance Corporation and a member of the Georgetown MBA Class of 2011, agreed that all of the resumes he had received were of a higher caliber.

“Our needs are so diverse, so in our search for the right fit, we’re more likely to find good candidates in a crowd like this one,” he said.

Making Time for Face Time

Students from MBA programs around the country and across the globe attended the event, representing Georgetown McDonough, ESADE, Bocconi University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia Business School, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Emory University, Indiana University, New York University, University of Chicago, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas – Austin, University of Virginia, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Khalilah Karim, a second-year MBA from Wharton, felt that the face-to-face interaction with recruiters was worth the trip down from Philadelphia.

“Face time is important,” she said. “It’s worth it to get face time with a diverse set of companies that don’t recruit at business schools.”

International students also found a different perspective at the career fair.

“I came to the event to get in touch with companies in the United States,” said David Theil, an ESADE MBA student on exchange at Duke’s Fuqua School this semester. “It adds a new perspective to global opportunities. In Europe, it’s very Europe-focused.”

The companies represented at the career fair included: 4GreenPs, Aboard China, Asian Development Bank, Capstone Strategic, Inc., Catholic Relief Services, CDC Development Solutions, Citi, CRCC Asia LLC, Development Finance International, Eco-Coach, Gategroup, GE, Global Health Corps, Ideaborn, Inter-American Development Bank, International Finance Corporation, Kiva, L'Oreal, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Liquidity Services, Pepco, Small Business Administration-SBIC Program, T. Rowe Price, The Nature Conservancy, The QED Group, The World Bank, and the United States Department of State-International Organizational Affairs.

Albert Fonticiella, a first-year MBA from Georgetown McDonough, also noticed something else about many of the employers – that many had a sense of social responsibility to them, which is what drew him to the event.

“There’s a very active and large international community at Georgetown that’s excited to find challenges and opportunities to improve our society,” he said. “You can see the Georgetown University ethos statement shining through by looking at the students and employers attracted to this event.”

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business provides a transformational education through classroom and experiential learning, preparing students to graduate as principled leaders in service to business and society. Through numerous centers, initiatives, and partnerships, Georgetown McDonough seeks to create a meaningful impact on business practice through both research and teaching. All academic programs provide a global perspective, woven through the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in a way that is unique to Washington, D.C. – the nexus of world business and policy – and to Georgetown University’s connections to global partner organizations and a world-wide alumni network. Founded in 1957, Georgetown McDonough is home to some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive degree and open enrollment programs. Learn more at http://msb.georgetown.edu. Follow us on Twitter@msbgu.